Now that we are on this topic which i am glad you guys
I also installed a sustainer into a roland ready
fender strat,now i dont have any experience with
electronics but the tech told me that in order to use
the sustainer i have to plug a 1/4 inch plug
dummy(like the one on a guitar cable) on the main
guitar jack if i am using the GK-pickup cable.But it
would be great if they could run through the same
GK-pickup jack output and just switch from synth to
guitar mode and use the sustainer,you think this is
possible putting some kind of switch on the guitar?
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In this case I think it would be risky to even try----------------------------------------------------------------------------
it. The GK pickup does
not provide it's own power - power, I believe, comes
from another device
such as a GR33 or VG-8. In the configuration you
want to try, the GK
pickup would merely let power flow through it and
into the sustainer
circuit. A hunch tells me that the sustainer
circuitry requires more
amperage than the GK does to operate. Thus, I doubt
the GK power supply
is rated for powering a GK pickup and a sustainer
If sufficient over current protection is not built
into the device that
provides GK power, you could very well burn
something up not in the GK
pickup, but whatever device is providing GK power.
Checking amperage is not something you can do simply
with a multimeter in
this situation. You'll have to somewhere make a
break in the wire that
carries power to the GK pickup and insert the
multimeter in series with
the flow of power (when you measure voltage you're
actually connecting the
meter in parallel with the circuit under question).
However, an amperage
measurement only tells you how much current is being
drawn by a device -
it tells you nothing about how much current the
power supply is capable of
providing (only the power supply manufacturer can
tell you that).
If it were me, I'd modify my guitar to make the
sustainer battery as
easily accessible as possible, always make sure I
have a backup battery,
and teach myself the habit of unplugging the guitar
when won't be played
for a long duration. I treat batteries like strings
- always have a
Another option - find a wall wart power supply that
is capable of powering
the sustainer circuit, attach a long cable to it,
put a power connector on
your guitar, and wail away.
Best of luck,
Good point Brian, but would it be risky to "try",could i blow something?
Checking thru the spec of the GK pickup (thatwould be providing the
power) there is no mention of power requirments atall, I guess it has "no
user servicable parts" therfore no info...multimeter doesnt seem to
(how do i check the amperage anyhow?my simple
have that on it..)the source be able to
Risky...You also have amperage to consider. Will
handle the amperage that the pickup draws?manufacturer for the specs.
I think your best bet is to contact the
----- Original Message -----
From: mark francombe
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 4:33 PM
Subject: electronics question for the
Sorry for Off topic..crazy use of my newly
After a few weeks of completely happy and
installed (and now working, thanks to LD people)Fernandes Sustainer
pickup, I have for the first time left the damnthing plugged in
overnight, (battery switch on jack socketarrangment) and drained the
battery. THIS WILL NOT DO! now I could add a powerswitch to the
guitar (but then I would no doubt forget that ..)same guitar, and when I
BUT... I have a cunning plan!!!
I also have a GK midi pickup installed on the
poke around with the multimeter at the socket thatis installed in the
guitar that takes the midi to my synth I find apin that seems to have
around 7 volts sitting there. The sustainer pickuptaks a 9 volt
battery (but when I test, again with multimeter)it also appears to be
around 7 volts.I'm suggesting. I would
Now it doesnt take an idiot to realise what
like to take the power from the GK midi pickupcable and connect it to
the sustainer. Which I would have tried already,but for one little
prob.multimeter connected with BLACK
If I check voltage on the battery with
cable to ground and RED cable to battery.. 7volts. When I do the same
on this mysterious power wire inside the GKconnector, the multimeter
trys to swing the wrong way, I reverse the multimeter leads, and then
I get this reading of 7 volts.powered by -(minus) 7
Does this mean that the GK pickup is infact
volts? ( I've never really understood the conceptof negative volts Im
afraid..) SO.. either I cant use this power, OR Imust reverse the
polarity of it???
Is this possible?
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